Roland Berger appoints Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for Middle East

22 November 2018 3 min. read
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Global management consulting firm Roland Berger has appointed company veteran Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for its operations in the Middle East.

In line with its expansion plans for the region, global strategy and management firm Roland Berger has appointed Rene Seyger as its new Middle East managing partner to be based out of Dubai. Co-founding Roland Berger’s Dutch office in 2002, Rene Seyger has been with the global management firm for more than 16 years – and brings altogether three decades of experience to the role.

Starting out with Dutch consultancy Coopers & Lybrand in 1989 – following an MBA in Business Administration with the University of Twente – Seyger rose to the position of Manager within four years, before departing to briefly join Knight Wendling Consulting in Amsterdam. Since then, Seyger spent nearly eight years with Arthur D. Little as an Associate Director in Rotterdam, leaving in 2002 to establish Roland Berger’s office in Amsterdam.Roland Berger appoints Rene Seyger as Managing Partner for Middle East“Rene's appointment underscores and signposts the company's forward-thinking approach to corporate consultancy in the Middle East, and is an integral part of our growth strategy, said Roland Berger CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée, who was re-elected to the post earlier this year. “I have been a frequent visitor to the region in the last twelve months and Rene is my and our person of choice to take Roland Berger to the next level in the Middle East. He has our full trust."

An expert in the automotive, transport and healthcare sectors (previously heading up the segments for Roland Berger in the Netherlands), Seyger specialises in strategy and restructuring, and is an avid proponent of new mobility concepts such as with respect to autonomous vehicles – with the Netherlands incidentally the world’s most prepared nation for the advent of autonomous driving according to research from KPMG.

“This is an exciting time for Roland Berger as we firmly establish ourselves with our clients as a strategic consultancy with a difference,” said Seyger on his latest challenge. “As a firm, we combine the strategic capability and think tank capacity of a global consulting firm with the agility of a startup in terms of innovative thinking and execution. I am looking forward to the journey ahead with the team, our clients and partners, as we continue to accelerate our presence in the Middle East.”

According to the firm, the appointment of Seyger is a significant step in the context of Roland Berger’s accelerated growth plans for the Middle East region and its intention to strengthen its presence across all industry verticals – with a ‘special focus on fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem’. Earlier this year, the firm became a founding partner of fintech accelerator Bahrain FinTech Bay, and has hosted a start-up competition in Saudi Arabia and, most recently, an Italian-Middle Eastern innovation event in Dubai.